Štěpán Pácl (born 1982) - Graduated in drama direction from DAMU in 2007 with a production of a contemporary Czech play, Lenka Lagronová's "Kingdom". As a director he worked in the National Theatre of Moravia and Silesia, in the Western Bohemian Theatre in Cheb, in the Central Boehmian Theatre in Kladno and in the Vinohrady Theatre in Prague. With the company of the Švanda Theatre in Smíchov he staged the contemporary Czech play "Dorotka" by Magdalena Frydrychová in spring 2008. In November 2008 he staged Josef Topol's play "End of the Shrovetide" in the DISK Theatre in Prague, together with dramaturg Tereza Marečková. These two productions won him an Alfréd Radok Award in 2008 for Talent of the Year. His subsequent work includes Astrid Saalbach's "Transit" in the Vinohrady Theatre, (2009), Ingrid Lausund's "Benefit, or Save Your African" at Komorní Fidlovačka (2009) Josef Kajetán Tyl's play "Bloody Baptism, or Drahomíra and Her Sons" at the National Theatre of Moravia-Silesia and a production of Henrik Ibsen's "Brand - Fire". He also won an Alfréd Radok Award for Talent of the Year in 2010. He has further directed German playwright Oliver Bukowski's "The Guests" at the DISK Theatre, Chekhov's "Ivanov" in the National Theatre of Moravia-Silesia, František Langer's "The Suburbs" in the Moravian Theatre, Olomouc, and new play by Czech playwright Lenka Lagronová, "From Stardust", in Prague's National Theatre. He has also worked in the Kolowrat theatre and elsewhere. Form 2010 to 2013 he was director of the Masopust theatre company (where productoins included Ibsen's "Brand - Fire" and Pedro Calderón's "El Príncipe Constante" (The Constant Prince). He still directs there, but is now the artistic head of the Petr Bezruč Theatre in Ostrava, where he has staged "Uncle Vanya", and in the National Theatre of Moravia and Silesia David Jařab's text "Over the Water (Till Death...)".

22nd International Festival Theatre Pilsen Booklet (Printed Edition)

"This representative of the youngest generation of Czech directors studied drama direction at DAMU, gaining an Alfréd Radok Award in 2008 for Talent of the Year. Long-term colleagues with whom he has worked include dramaturg Tereza Marečková and composer Jakub Kudláč. Pácl has directed for both chamber and large-scale theatres throughout the Czech Republic, with a style typically based on a thorough reading of the text and precise leadership of the actors. He graduated with a production of Lenka Lagronová’s Kingdom, and his other productions have included Topol’s End of Carnival in the Disk theatre, Tyl’s Drahomíra, or Blood Christening in the National Theatre of Moravia and Silesia, and Ibsen’s Brand/Fire in the Preslovka in Prague. Marie Reslová has written of Pácl: “Štěpán Pácl is one of the up-and-coming generation of directors, who perceive, with utter naturalness, theatre as a way of understanding the world." (Quelle/ Source: